When Universal Pictures released their new reboot of The Mummy in June, it was intended as much more than just another summer blockbuster. The film was planned to launch a new franchise of connected films starring Universal’s classic movie monsters. Now, the director of the next film has hinted that his film will actually have nothing to do with the Tom Cruise film.
A remake of Bride of Frankenstein has long been planned as the second film in the new Dark Universe series.
Actor Javier Bardem has been cast as Frankenstein’s monster, with producers openly pursuing Angelina Jolie for the role of his bride.
Russell Crowe had a supporting role in The Mummy as Dr. Henry Jekyll, a character who was intended to appear in future films and help tie them all together.
After the critical and financial failure of The Mummy, many questioned whether the studio would move forward with their Dark Universe plans.
In a new interview, Bride of Frankenstein director Bill Condon indicates that his film may be leaving the shared universe idea behind.
“I will tell you this — what I’m doing is 100% making a really good monster movie,” says Condon. “It has nothing to do with anything else. Nothing. Zero.”
Now, there are rumors that Bride of Frankenstein will be a period piece, possibly set immediately after the original film.
Given that The Mummy reboot took place in the present day, Condon could simply be referring to the fact that no characters from that film will appear in Bride.
Nonetheless, the new film could still be considered part of the Dark Universe, setting up its characters to appear in future films. Condon also revealed that Bride of Frankenstein will begin filming in February 2018 with the same production team he used for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for a scheduled release date of February 14, 2019.